395 Express Lanes open Nov. 17

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NOV. 13, 2019


395 Express Lanes open Nov. 17

  • The 395 Express Lanes will run from near Edsall Road in Fairfax County right up to the 14th Street Bridge in DC
  • You’ll need an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® Flex to drive the 395 Express Lanes
  • Like the rest of the network, tolling and HOV-3 rules will be in effect 24/7, 365 days a year


The 395 HOV lanes are set to open as dynamically tolled express lanes on the night of Sunday, Nov. 17, pending weather and on-road crew activities.


For final preparation, the 395 HOV lanes will close the evening of Friday, Nov. 15.


Here’s what drivers need to know before hitting the road


  • All ramps that currently lead to the 395 HOV lanes will require an E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® Flex when the lanes become the 395 Express Lanes. This includes the northbound ramps near S. Eads Street.
  • The 395 Express Lanes will pick up where the 95 Express Lanes leave off (around Edsall Road) and run up to the 14th Street Bridge in DC, giving drivers a continuous trip to the DC line.
  • The redesigned interchange at S. Eads Street will bring quicker access to the Pentagon and Pentagon City, but it may take drivers some time to adjust to the new traffic patterns.
    • There will be two ramps to exit the northbound 395 Express Lanes to S. Eads Street – one ramp to the Pentagon and another ramp to Pentagon City. If exiting to the Pentagon, remember to stay left. New traffic lights will also go into effect.
  • Beginning the evening of Nov. 14, new stoplights on S. Eads Street and the Pentagon reservation will be placed into flash mode until the Lanes open on Sunday, Nov. 17. Virginia State Police and/or Safety Service Patrol will be on location to assist travelers.
  • The time it takes to reverse the 395 and 95 Express Lanes may take a bit longer during early operations because of the new stoplights at S. Eads Street.


E-ZPass® or E-ZPass® Flex will be required at all entry ramps to the Express Lanes


Drivers who get on the northbound 395 HOV lanes just before DC may be less likely to have an E-ZPass® compared to other drivers on the HOV lanes. Drivers are reminded that the ramps to the northbound Express Lanes from S. Eads Street and from the regular lanes just before the 14th Street Bridge will require an E-ZPass®.


Carpools with 3 or more people will need an E-ZPass® Flex to travel for free.


Stay updated once the 395 Express Lanes are open


Once the Lanes are open, pricing will be available on overhead signs. Updates about any on-road issues will be shared via Twitter (@VAExpressLanes).


If drivers have more questions about the 395 Express Lanes, they can head on over to the 395 Express Lanes website, call at 1-855-495-9777, Monday through Friday, 7 am - 7 pm, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.